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Pradip Patil
How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 6:53:03 am

Hi.
We want to achieve the graphic novel feel for a short video. Not just the colors but the overall style. So I guess motion will be the preferred software for that.

I have a few doubts though.
How can I achieve the grid /frames as seen in comic book and smooth camera movements from each frame to frame.

Right now I can think of working in 3D mode but don't have clear idea about that

Does anyone know of any tutorial regarding this?


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Mark Petereit
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 12:37:44 pm

I don't have any tutorials for this specifically, but if you go through all the tutorials on Mark Spencer's site, you'll pick up a lot of the techniques necessary to tackle the job.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 1:33:51 pm

So you want the Graphic Novel look and the different boxes that hold multiple drawings look like in this example? http://www.movingwithmotion.com/target-keeps-gettin-better/

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Sacha Thomas
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 2:34:24 pm

That Target ad looks great. Particularly like the way the camera moves from scene to scene. It really brings you into the comic world by playing with the 2d image in 3d space. The "Pow" sequence, when she punches the air setting off a chain reaction and then jumps down from one frame to another, is well done. Kudos to the creators of that ad.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 2:37:44 pm

Sacha,
Yeah, I thought it was really cool.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Sacha Thomas
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:04:25 pm

One way to achieve smooth camera moves from frame frame is to select the frame (or any object you want to frame) and record keyframes while pressing the "f" key. This frames the object automatically and works great for quick camera moves. I used it on a news intro where I had 4 drop zones moving along a circular motion path and I wanted the camera to frame each in sequence. This was a great workaround, particularly because at the time I wasn't that comfortable working with cameras in 3d space.


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Pradip Patil
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:22:54 pm

Thanks everyone for the replies and that great video.
Need to have a close look at it.

Well, I hope I am able to do something with all this help.
Will keep updating.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:27:56 pm

Pradip,
Let me know if that is the type of look you are after and I can give you some more pointers. If it is not please post an example of what you are after.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Pradip Patil
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:36:21 pm

Hi Stephen.

We are planning something on the same lines.
I would appreciate anything that you have to offer.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 4:38:08 pm

Pradip,
To get that printed paper look I would Duplicate the clip twice so you have three, then add a Line Art filter and set the paper opacity to zero (make sure you do that to the top clip). Then add the Halftone filter to the middle clip. Set its blend mode to Overlay and adjust to your liking. Motion offers lots of ways to animate the camera. The framing behavior is really cool but have lots of fun with it.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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zak peric
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 4:02:49 pm

have a look at this example, I am sure it will help you. http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/detail.asp?sid=475&sortby=&page=1&rpid=0&r...


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Pradip Patil
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 5:27:23 pm

Thanks...

But the more I think the more doubts arise. Should this type of project be done completely in Motion?

I am more used to edit in FCP and then "send to motion" kind of workflow and then applying filters inside motion.

Since all the shots will be inside frames/panels, it makes sense to build the pages in 3D environment and then use the camera behaviours to focus on each panel.
Right?

Pardon me for such questions but have never worked in 3D motion projects.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 5:33:59 pm

If you want to move around from panel to panel then yes, you should do it in Motion. If there are any hard cuts or something use that as an opportunity to create another project file so your project files are not to big. Those filters I mentioned are in FCP as well. However, If I built the Target add I would have built it all in Motion. Hope this helps.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Pradip Patil
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 5:46:47 pm

Hmm.. Now things are falling in place.
One more question,
Any suggestion on placing the frames/panels? I don't want the space to be cluttered.
Need some project organizing ideas for such kind of work.


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 5:52:54 pm

I think it would be best to keep each frame/panel in its own group. Be sure to name the groups so it is easier to find things when you need to make changes. If you wan the panels to be the same you can build your one group then duplicate it so it is the same, then make tweaks inside the panel as you see fit. This sounds like this is going to be a lot of fun. You'll have to post it so we can see it when it is completed. Best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Pradip Patil
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 6:00:37 pm

Yes..

And this is just the beginning.. I will be back with a lot of questions tomorrow.

Thanks for the support


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Stephen Smith
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 6:05:38 pm

Sounds great.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials


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Mark Petereit
Re: How to achieveGraphic Novel Style?
on Jul 29, 2010 at 6:05:32 pm

[Pradip Patil] But the more I think the more doubts arise.

LOL! Then stop thinking about it and just start creating! ;-)


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